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Larry Dubin
Larry Dubin
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Thanks for visiting my page. How may I serve you? I am available as a resource in helping you share your faith in Yeshua (Jesus) with your Jewish friends. (Rom 10:1) In addition, I am available to help you understand the Jewish roots of your Christian faith. You may reach me by using the message link to the right or call me at 301 770 4000. Shalom and Grace to you.
Branch Leader, Missionary
09/17/2014

Bio & Testimony

Larry Dubin grew up in Pueblo Colorado.  The son of a teacher and a homemaker, Larry and his two siblings were raised attending a Conservative Jewish synagogue.  He was proud of being a member of “the chosen people,” and participated in many of the religious and social activities sponsored by the Pueblo Jewish community. 

But when Larry was thirteen years old, that all changed.  While preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, Larry learned about the Holocaust for the first time.  He was shocked and angry.

“I couldn’t understand how God could allow his chosen people to be murdered in the ovens by Nazis. So, I walked away.  At that point in time, I wanted nothing to do with Judaism.  I wanted nothing to do with God.”

At age seventeen, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  For ten years he served his country, but refused to serve or even acknowledge God.  Then, when he was twenty-seven years old, Larry began serving on a nuclear submarine, the USS Los Angeles.  While there, Larry noticed that his superior officer was different than anyone he had ever met.  This man seemed to have a sense of peace and joy about him that stood out.  He also treated those around him with love and patience.  Larry watched him closely for about nine months.

Meanwhile, when Larry wasn’t actively serving on the submarine, he lived in a home near his base.  One of Larry’s neighbors was a Christian and kept inviting Larry to attend church and to read the Bible with him.  Larry refused in no uncertain terms, but he did take the Bible that the man offered him.  Alone in his house with the shades drawn, Larry began to read the Scriptures.

After about a month, Larry experienced several major blows.  An investment he had made went bankrupt, and he lost a great sum of money overnight.  In addition, he failed an inspection on the submarine.

“I was going to be kicked out of the Navy.  I valued myself—who I was as a human being—by who I was in the Navy.  When I failed this inspection, I knew that my career in the Navy was over.”

Larry felt that his life was as good as over.  Going home that night, he took out his handgun and held it to his head, prepared to pull the trigger.  But then, remembering the Scriptures he had been reading, he decided to try one last thing before ending his life.

                “I said, ‘God, who are you?’  Suddenly, the desire to take my life was gone.”

The next day, Larry reported for duty.  Larry told his superior officer, the one whom he had been watching with admiration, about the failed inspection.

“Instead of kicking me off the submarine and out of the Navy, he shared the Gospel of Jesus with me.  I wanted what he had, and through his testimony, I came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and that he died for my sins and rose again.”

Larry spent three more years in the Navy.  When he left, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned a master’s degree in Biblical studies.  While Larry was there, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, David Brickner, came to speak at the campus.  Larry made a point to meet him, and David invited Larry to participate in the upcoming Summer Witnessing Campaign in New York City.  Larry agreed, and in the summer of 1998 he spent a month on the streets of Manhattan sharing the Gospel with others.

After that experience, Larry believed that God was calling him to become a full-time missionary with the ministry.  He joined the staff of Jews for Jesus in the fall of 1999 and was sent to New York to spend several months in training.

It was during this time that Larry met Deb, a Jewish believer who was working as an administrator in the New York branch office.  One of his fellow missionaries told Larry that she’d had a dream that he and Deb were going to get married.  Though they didn’t rush into it, Larry and Deb did develop a friendship and began dating about a year later.  Ten months after that, in November of 2001, they exchanged vows beneath the chuppah. 

Larry and Deb were asked to serve with the ministry in Los Angeles.  After a year of sharing the Gospel in Southern California, they were sent to Washington, DC, where Larry now serves as the branch director.  Several years ago, Deb answered her call from the Lord and left her position as an administrative worker and now serves as a full-time missionary alongside her husband.

The DC area is home to 215,000 Jewish people, with another 105,000 in the nearby Baltimore area. Except for one area, DC's Jewish community is largely secular, with many well-educated and affluent members—lawyers and consultants who work with the government and military.  On the other hand, Baltimore has been described as the most Orthodox Jewish community in America on a per capita basis. In addition, there are many Jewish college students in the area: the University of Maryland has about 6,000 Jewish students, and George Washington University has another 4,000.

Larry meets in homes and coffee shops with those who are interested in learning more about Jesus or who have already accepted Him and want to go deeper in their relationship with Him and their understanding of the Bible.  Another aspect of his ministry is direct evangelism through tract distribution on street corners and at festivals, sporting events or concerts in the DC metro region.  The area colleges are also an important part of the regular outreach of the DC branch. On Thursday nights, the branch hosts a Bible study for people to learn about Jesus in an informal and non-threatening atmosphere.  Larry also speaks in churches and at Bible studies, presenting the Scriptures and Jesus from a Jewish perspective.

Larry and Deb enjoy hiking or just sitting and relaxing along the Potomac River with a good book.   Larry especially likes to read about historical topics. Ministry gives him and Deb many opportunities to travel, and they have been to such inspiring places as the Grand Canyon, the Roman Coliseum and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  One of their favorite places to visit (and hike) is Larry’s home state of Colorado. 

Larry is fired up about his ministry in Washington, DC.  He says:

“DC is the capital of the free world.  People from almost every nation of the world travel here.  If we can impact people in this city with the Gospel story, then we can impact the world.”  

Home is wherever my head rests," says Larry Dubin who describes himself as having been born in Arizona, raised in Colorado and matured in the United States Navy. God used two men to lead Larry to faith in Jesus. "The first man attempted to share the gospel truth with me. The second man lived a godly lifestyle before my eyes. The Spirit of God used them both to overcome my lack of understanding of who Jesus is and what He did for me." Larry works with the Washington D.C. branch of Jews for Jesus and is married to Deb.

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Home is wherever my head rests," says Larry Dubin who describes himself as having been born in Arizona, raised in Colorado and matured in the United States Navy. God used two men to lead Larry to faith in Jesus. "The first man attempted to share the gospel truth with me. The second man lived a godly lifestyle before my eyes. The Spirit of God used them both to overcome my lack of understanding of who Jesus is and what He did for me." Larry works with the Washington D.C. branch of Jews for Jesus and is married to Deb.

MINISTRY

Larry enjoys meeting one-on-one with seekers who are interested in learning more about their Jewish Messiah, Jesus, or encouraging believers in their faith.  He does this in either a home or at a local coffee shop.

Another aspect of Larry's ministry is direct evangelism through tract distribution on street corners and at festivals, sporting events or concerts in the DC metro region. He has many friends who volunteer with him in passing out our broadsides.  Maybe you would like to join Larry sometime?

HOW CAN YOU OR YOUR CHURCH PARTNER IN HELPING JEWISH PEOPLE COME TO KNOW THEIR MESSIAH?

Invite Larry to present a message at your congregation.  It provides the perfect opportunity for inviting a Jewish friend while also encouraging people to witness with knowledge and sensitivity.  Did you know that most Jewish believers have been led to faith in Jesus through a non-Jewish friend?  

The DC branch hosts a weekly Bible study at McLean Bible Church in Tyson's corner which is open to all who wish to come.  Call or email Larry or his wife Deb for more information. 

Larry says, "As a Jewish believer in Jesus, it is my joy to share the Good News of Messiah with my own people and with others, too!"

Here are a brief list of the messages I can share with your group.If there is a particular topic that you have an interest in, please let me know.

  • Atonement in Bible Times and in the Synagogue Today
  • Behold Your God (Isaiah 40)
  • Christ in the Passover
  • Created to Proclaim
  • Do Jewish People Need Jesus?
  • The Fall Feasts
  • The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel
  • How to Witness to Your Jewish Friends
  • Jesus in the Old Testament
  • The Jewish Roots of Pentecost
  • Ministry Update
  • Yom Kippur 
  • Personal Testimony
  • Purim
  • Rosh Hashana

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We can change the world by changing Washington DC. Will you pray for the gospel seeds that are planted and watered in the capital of the free world? 1 Cor 3:6

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DateTitle
05/16/2014 15:52:37Holy Spirit Harvest, Too
07/13/2010 00:00:00Journeys of Faith: Larry Dubin
01/01/2003 00:00:00I Had a Plan
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